Archbishop Ganswein calls German Church Tax ‘a serious problem’

Munich, Germany, Jul 18, 2016 / 09:55 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Georg Ganswein has criticized the German Church Tax process, calling its handling of people opting out of the controversial system “a serious problem.”In a wide-ranging interview published Monday in Schwäbische Zeitung, the Prefect of the Papal Household and secretary to both Pope Francis and Pope emeritus Benedict also spoke candidly about the papal propensity for “flippant” remarks and the … [Read more...]

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California bishops urge voters to reject the death penalty this fall

Los Angeles, Calif., Jul 16, 2016 / 02:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- On Thursday, the bishops of California announced their support of a state ballot measure that would end the use of capital punishment in the state, replacing it with life in prison without possibility of parole.“Our commitment to halt the practice of capital punishment is rooted both in the Catholic faith and our pastoral experience,” the bishops said in their July 14 statement in support of Proposition 62.The message … [Read more...]

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Why this bishop from the US is now one step closer to being a saint

Sacramento, Calif., Jul 15, 2016 / 12:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- On July 8 Pope Francis authorized the Congregation for the Causes of Saints to promulgate a decree recognizing the heroic virtues of Servant of God Alphonse Gallegos, who was auxiliary bishop of Sacramento from 1981 to 1991.The late bishop is now called Venerable, and only one miracle worked through his intercession is needed before he can be beatified.“This is wonderful news for all those who knew him,” Fr. Eliseo … [Read more...]

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Doctor Death: The new assisted suicide clinic in California

Oakland, Calif., Jul 14, 2016 / 03:24 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- You can’t put a price on most things in life. But you can, apparently, put a price on death - $2,000.That’s what Dr. Lonny Shavelson is charging patients at his brand-new physician-assisted suicide clinic in Berkeley, California.Last month, California became the fifth and most populous state to adopt a law legalizing physician-assisted suicide. The state's End of Life Option Act went into effect June 9.Shavelson, … [Read more...]

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What’s missing from the national conversation on race, violence, and lethal force? You.

Washington D.C., Jul 14, 2016 / 09:35 am (CNA).- In the wake of last week’s horrific deaths of Dallas police officers Brent Thompson, Lorne Ahrens, Michael Krol, Michael Smith, and Patrick Zamarripa, there was a loud national cry lamenting the loss of life and demanding that the violence against police “must stop.”I wholeheartedly share these sentiments, especially since I have family members who serve in law enforcement.However I wonder why some do not lament the tragic … [Read more...]

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What’s missing from the national conversation on race, violence, and lethal force? You.

Washington D.C., Jul 14, 2016 / 09:35 am (CNA).- In the wake of last week’s horrific deaths of Dallas police officers Brent Thompson, Lorne Ahrens, Michael Krol, Michael Smith, and Patrick Zamarripa, there was a loud national cry lamenting the loss of life and demanding that the violence against police “must stop.”I wholeheartedly share these sentiments, especially since I have family members who serve in law enforcement.However I wonder why some do not lament the tragic … [Read more...]

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US bishops throw support behind conscience protections on marriage

Washington D.C., Jul 14, 2016 / 12:44 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Two leading U.S. bishops have spoken out in favor of a proposed law which would ensure federal religious freedom protections to individuals and faith-based organizations who disagree with same-sex marriage.In a joint statement released Tuesday, Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone of San Francisco and Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore voiced support for the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA).The legislation “is a modest but … [Read more...]

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